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[ noun ] an courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard

Synonyms

respect

Examples

"his deference to her wishes was very flattering" "be sure to give my respects to the dean"

Used in print

(Guy Bolton, The Olympians....)

At the inn , which was situated close to a broad weir , Byron was greeted by the landlord with obsequious deference and addressed as `` milord '' .

2
[ noun ] courteous regard for people's feelings

Examples

"in deference to your wishes" "out of respect for his privacy"

Related terms

courtesy respect

3
[ noun ] a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others

Related terms

agreeableness comply

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